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July 5, 2014

Rally planned for 'women's equality'

BOSTON (AP) — A rally is planned in Boston to protest recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that organizers say reduces access to reproductive health services and birth control and puts women and health care providers at risk.

The rally is scheduled for Tuesday at City Hall Plaza in Boston.

Organizers say the rally is a response to a pair of recent decisions, including one that struck down the Massachusetts abortion clinic buffer zone law that barred protesters from coming within 35 feet of clinic entrances. Anti-abortion protesters praised the decision, saying they’re just exercising their First Amendment rights as they try to counsel women.

The other is a decision that said Hobby Lobby Inc. and other businesses can use religious beliefs of ownership to avoid covering some or all contraceptives in employee health plans.

‘NH Rebellion’ walks for campaign finance reforms

HAMPTON, N.H. — Some 400 members of a non-partisan group pushing for campaign finance overhaul are on a 16-mile march along the seacoast to bring attention to the cause.

The “New Hampshire Rebellion” is taking a page from Doris “Granny D.” Haddock’s book. She was the New Hampshire woman who gained acclaim in 1999-2000 by walking 3,200 miles across the country to lobby for changes in the campaign finance system.

The group heard from founder and Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig before leaving on the walk Saturday morning.

The group has also walked in other parts of New Hampshire.

The group wants to get every candidate for federal office on the record saying pledging to work to eliminate the influence of money on elections.

Mass. gubernatorial candidates raise cash

BOSTON — Republican candidate for governor Charlie Baker has taken a fundraising lead.

As of June 30, Baker had more than $1.1 million in his campaign account after raising just under $400,000 during June.

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